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Within hours of Sean Logan surprise announcement that he was leaving his state senate seat to take a position at UPMC, a handful of Mon Valley politicians were already weighing plans to enter the race for the Democratic nomination to replace him.

There was no word on Republican candidates in the heavily Democratic district.

Rep. Marc Gergely, D-White Oak, a former aide to Sen. Logan, said he had already begun the process of forming a campaign committee.  Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Dravosburg, said he was considering the race as well.  Mr. Kortz mounted a short-lived campaign for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate this year, but eventually abandoned the effort to concentrate on his re-election to the state House.  Neither he nor Mr. Gergely has any opposition for re-election to their current legislative seats, a factor that would simplify their consideration of the Senate race.

George Matta, the former clerk of courts who now works as director of business development and community relations for the Rivers Casino, said he is also weighing a bid..  The former two-term mayor of Duquesne said the news of the open seat left him torn.

“The decision is tough because I enjoy what I’m doing here tremendously,’’ he said.  But, he said, “I’ve always loved public service and I believe it’s an honorable profession and good people should get involved.’’

Another figure that drew immediate speculation was McKeesport Mayor Jim Brewster.  Mr. Brewster could not immediately be reached for comment, but Mr. Gergely said, “It’s 99 percent certain that he thinking about getting in.’’

Mr. Brewster ran for the seat previously, losing to Mr. Logan in the 2000 Democratic primary.

As the seat will be filled in a special election, in lieu of a primary, the committee members of each party will select the party nominees.

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Don't count Republicans out
written by joz972, August 02, 2010
With a group of about 6 Republicans lining up to get the nomination for the 45th senatorial district, one person stands out, Monroeville Councilman Bernhard Erb. Erb, before elected to council in Nov 2009, was the head of the Monroeville Planning Commission. He brought about actual positive change on the Planning Commission and on Council. He is a man that everyone can unite under and has a legitimate chance at winning this race. He has the ability to lift his eyes to the broad horizons ahead and can work with other people to accomplish a greater goal. If you ask me who I am supporting for State Senate, my answer is absolutely Bernhard Erb.

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